you are what you eat
As winter slowly creeps in, we start moving away from ‘cold’ foods and salads are one of them. We crave foods that are warm, satisfying and filling. Many ‘dieters’ hate winter as it is that time of the year when physical activities start decreasing, foods and meals get rich and spicy, and the summer weight loss slowly starts to unravel. Make this year the year that you are prepared for winter. There are steps you can take to curb that Winter Weight! The last thing I feel for is a chilled vegetable before my meal. I have been experimenting with steamed vegetables over greens and i have been enjoying the change!
This is a salad I made recently. Oranges, tomatoes, steamed cauliflower and broccoli over baby greens. I still used peppers and cucumber to bulk it up. You can also throw steamed or roasted baby carrots, steamed green beans or shredded baby cabbage for extra crunch!!
Some tips to keep the Winter Bulge at bay:
– Invest in home exercise equipment. A skipping rope (skip as you catch up on your favourite series) or use the stairs as a quick cardio exercise. Feel lazy to get to the gym? Ask a friend to be your gym buddy to the winter weight off!!
– Warm Winter Drinks: We slowly cut down on cold drinks and opt for hot creamy drinks. Do not let your indulgence get in the way of keeping your weight off! Switch full cream drinks for their skinny counterparts (skinny cappuccinos or fat free hot chocolates). Dehydration can also make you feel sleepy and lethargic, and if you notice you have been lazy to drink water, drink herbal tea’s instead. My favourite is fresh mint and ginger in boiling water!
– Bulk up your meals! Eating too many carbohydrates can cause weight gain. When it is cold and dark outside, it is tempting to fill up on unhealthy meals and snacks! Bulk up your starchy meals like pastas and potato bakes with vegetables. Use vegetables like peppers, cauliflower, marrows and onion to cut down on starch portions. Not feeling like a salad? Try a soup or warm salad instead (see my winter swop below).
– Sweets: Instead of reaching for a chocolate or other sweet (and savoury) snacks, keep naartjies, clementines, apples, pears and strawberries at your desk or on the counter top at home. Many winter fruits are high in Vitamin C which help to keep the Winter Blues at bay!
– Soups: Soups can be made in bulk and frozen into individual portions, ready to use when needed. Vegetable soups are very filling, are low fat, high in fibre, and are packed with vitamins and minerals needed for good health!